Turmeric is commonly used spice in many parts of the world. Beyond being a great wake to wake up the flavor of a dish, turmeric has many health benefits and a very low instance of side effects.
The secret to turmeric’s healing power is curcumin. Curcumin is not easily absorbed by the body on its own, however.
In order to fully benefit from a turmeric supplement, you should consume black pepper alongside each dose.
Piperine is abundant in black pepper, and will increase the body’s absorption of Curcumin by up to 2000%. My suggestion, take your turmeric supplement alongside meals, and do not skimp on the black pepper.
2 grams of black pepper is recommended for optimal results. That equates to a ridiculous amount of black pepper for one meal, so use only as much as you are comfortable with. Any amount will be beneficial.
Most commonly known and well documented, is the anti-inflammatory effect of Curcumin. Inflammation is the primary symptom of many common diseases.
Individuals suffering from arthritis, lupus, MS, pancreatitis, COPD, asthma, IBS, Crohn’s Disease, kidney disease, heart disease and many other disorders of the body can greatly benefit from the consumption of Turmeric as a supplement.
Taking it daily can reduce the severity of adverse symptoms from the diseases as well as reduce the number of flare-ups from the diseases.
Controlling the inflammation that occurs may prevent tissue damage associated with some of these diseases, and even slow disease progression.
Be sure to consult with a medical professional, before taking any new supplement.
Curcumin has been shown to increase levels of BDNF. BNDF or brain-derived neurotrophic factor is a growth hormone in the brain that supports neuron production, growth and repair.
Overall brain function, memory, and the slowed progression of brain disease, such as Alzheimer’s, are all potential health benefits that Turmeric’s derivative, curcumin may offer.
Curcumin can lower high blood pressure in those that suffer because it can improve the function of your endothelium (the lining of your blood vessels).
Cholesterol lowering effects have been observed as well.
A daily curcumin supplement can increase the body’s capacity and production of antioxidants.
Those antioxidants are the body’s most precious asset in neutralizing free radicals that cause damage to our bodies on a cellular level.
The side effects of taking a Turmeric / Curcumin supplement are most commonly digestive disturbances.
Constipation, diarrhea, acid reflux, yellow stool, nausea ad upset stomach are the likely negative effects one may encounter in using this supplement.
Those that have poor liver function, or any type of liver disease should avoid this supplement altogether.
Always consult a medical professional before beginning any new supplement, especially if you have pre-existing health conditions!
More Than Just A Spice
Turmeric with its active component curcumin can be considered a jack of all trades when it comes to maintaining a healthy body naturally.
This article only touches on a few of the medical conditions and ailments that curcumin may help treat.
Feel free to contact us if you have any further questions or would like additional information on Turmeric and it’s benefits.
And as always! Happy Healing!